Ingrown Toenail Surgery
What causes ingrown toenail issues?
Ingrown toenail often forms on your toes if there is excessive irritation caused by tight footwear or wrong toenail clipping method.
The treatment process:
- Lifting the nail and placing a nail brace
Your podiatrist can carefully lift the ingrowing nail edge and place cotton, or dental floss under it. This separates nail from the overlying skin and helps the nail grow above the skin edge. You can also soak your toes using Epsom salt water to soften the surrounding skin and clean your nail.
- Partially removing the nail
For more severe ingrown toenail (redness, pain, puss), your podiatrist can trim or remove the ingrown portion of the nail after numbing your toe by injecting local anesthetic.
- Removing the nail and surrounding tissue permanently
If you have the infection and toenail problem repeatedly after above intervention, your podiatrist may suggest removing a portion of the nail along with the underlying tissue. The procedure may prevent that part of your nail and regrowth permanently.
- Partial nail avulsion with phenol acid (PNA):
No stitches involved, painless, quick recovery (1-2 days), cosmetically satisfying removal of partial toenail.
- Winograd procedure
4- 5 stitches, perfect for complicated recurrent ingrown toenail with skin lesion, next level of surgery if PNA fails.